I have a great love of all things relating to surfing. Anything involving a board – boardsports if you will. Surfing is the hardest because you have to paddle out against the surf and capture the wave. Wakeboarding is the easiest because the boat picks you up everytime you fall or end a ride. Everything else is somewhere in between.
Surfing’s World Tour made an East Coast Stop in Wrightsville Beach NC. This clip features rare footage of Mark Richards and other surfers from his era. The complete documentary includes skateboarding pioneer’s Steve Caballero and Reggie Barnes from an early Bones Brigade visit to Raleigh NC in 1985.
Snowboarding was brand new and gear hard to come by. The hard-cores at Snowshoe WV were on it early and learned the hard way. Guys like Bernie Wheeler, Gil Willis and my OBX Surf Tribe were loving it.
This project was funded by the proceeds of my previous film, East Coast Motions Volume II, Hatteras Surf Feast. A difficult production as access was limited by the resort and I literally had to smuggle my gear in and out of remote locations. Back then it was a two piece 3/4″ Set Up with exposed wires, plugs etc. As you can imagine it was a nightmare to keep the gear dry and in working order.
Snowshoe was so remote that I had to use the payphone in nearby Slatyfork to conduct business. I would pull my van up to the window access phone and sleep while I waited for return calls from by various video clients and distributors.
To make matters worse, I broke my leg and got laid up for a while at the end of the season. My production company folded up at this time and I had to do the edits on overnights at various production facilities.
Here’s the full length feature film:
Lots of funny stories from that winter. The vehicle of choice was an old 3/4″ ton work van with a load of firewood in the back for weight and some snow tires for traction. I drove to Timberline for one of the segments with a snowboard friend from France that didn’t speak much english. On the way back my transmission went out during a raging blizzard. Reverse was the only gear that worked and I had to drive up backwards on the mountain between Buckannon and Elkins. Michel kept muttering “Mon Dieux Mon Dieux”. I had the door cracked and just followed the edge of the road up. We turned around at the top and coasted down the other side to the relative safety of a service station. I had to call the OBX to score a local Elkins contact to come get us. I ended up selling the broken down Van to a farmer that wanted the firewood and needed a dry place to store it.
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In 1993 I had left the Outer Banks and starting Snowboarding. I borrowed a Sony Betacam and took it to the coast for Hurricane Emily and also to Snowshoe WV to document the emerging sport of snowboarding. One of my first edits was “Riders on the Storm”
Discovering the BetaCam Format after shooting 3/4″ Video was amazing. Technology had upgraded picture quality and the newer cameras did not need a separate recording unit. The entire unit weighed in around 20 lbs and retailed for $60,000. Needless to say most videographers kept them on a Tripod and this limited the type of footage you would see. I liked to shoulder this beast and carry it around snowboarding.
Finding inspiration for an edit can come in many different ways. My first visit
to the beaches of Cleveland Ohio inspired me with its historic looks.
I looked for some old postcards that captured that feel. A “Video Postcard” seemed like the best way to showcase my water footage and skyline views from the beach. You never would expect this kind of beach by a city like Cleveland.
The city park at Edgewater Beach reminded me of South Beach with the Art Deco Architecture and like Southern California with the ethnic neighborhoods. There are all kinds of unique shops and eateries.
All in all it is quite a scene and well worth the visit. I can only imagine how strong the surf could be on a larger swell.